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With nicely shallow entry points all around the edge of Loch Ness, the only thing that's likely to keep swimmers out is fear of monsters nibbling their toes.

This is a beautiful Scottish Loch, the water is cold, clear and salty and tastes, unusually, of salt having come straight in from the North Sea.

Swim spots are frequent if you drive along the single-lane B862 from Inverness, but the Loch (and the other lochs on the Great Glen, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy) can be walked or cycled. OSS locals advise going via Scaniport and Darris.
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  • Added: 09/05/2013

    A plus at Dores is the Inn for hot drinks/food.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Can be really busy with pleasure boats, kayaks etc. Make them aware you are swimming.

  • Added: 31/03/2015

    Have a look at my adventure here this winter http://viviennerickmanpoole.tumblr.com/post/115119406730/cairngorm-swim-adventures-loch-ness-loch-of-the

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